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Today's Opinions

  • Amazing youth bring change to county

    Some people simply amaze me.

    People who drive 20 miles under the speed limit while traffic backs up for miles.

    Celebrities who believe their political opinion means more than anyone else who has a vote.

    Parents who do not care to pay enough attention to their kids and their safety.

    The list of my pet peeves is endless.

    However, two weeks ago I witnessed acts of kindness all over Grant County that amazed me in a positive way more than anything I’ve seen in awhile.

  • This is an American issue

    When people seek to exploit economic, social, or other ills for purely political purposes the result is inevitably a skewed, oversimplified analysis of the problem, its causes and potential solutions. Such was the case with a recent column that contemptuously mocked the efforts of conservatives – republicans, democrats, and independents alike – to stem the rapidly rising tide of government intervention, control and spending.

  • Gone, but not forgotten

    Grant County lost two lovely ladies last week.

    Miss Della Jones and Mrs. Geneva (Mam-maw) Hutchison were a lot a like.

    Miss Della, Grant County’s oldest resident at 106, was a joy to be around. She had the most beautiful smile that managed to light up her dark eyes. She was soft spoken and genteel, but when she did speak, her words carried a lot of wisdom and thought.

    I first met Miss Della when she turned 100. That interview was one I’ll never forget because she was such a character. I spent an enjoyable afternoon talking with her about her life.

  • What really was said

    I usually do not answer a squeaky wheel, but when one complains about a “ludicrous mix of disinformation, misinformation” and then uses the press to mislead the public, I just can’t help but to get out the can of oil. Bill Adkins’ rants about the Tea Party in last week’s Grant County News and like any good liberal, he uses smoke screens in the form of attacks on the previous administration to hide the devastating policies of the current liberal administration.

  • What I would have said...

    On April 15, 2009 I, unintentionally, attended a Tea Party event at the Grant County Courthouse

    ‘Unintentionally’ because it was held on the same day as the circuit court met (and that was probably why others happened to attend) I simply walked into it. I was offended by the lack of fact in the fiction presented by the speakers. It was dishonest and shameful.

    I listened to such a ludicrous mix of disinformation, misinformation and, well, lies, that when asked if anyone else wanted to speak, I was inspired to raise my hand.

  • People should have power over government

    There’s been a lot of hype about tea parties lately and I just want to give my opinion on the whole thing.

    I have been researching the economy’s problems and solutions, listening to political voices and talking to family and friends. I don’t watch hours of CNN or talk shows every day but I do stay up on current affairs in the news, catch the occasional O’Reilly on TV and listen to Bill Cunningham on radio. I consider myself an informed citizen, which I find rare these days.

  • A toast to the Wilsons

    Luck would have it that I have been fortunate enough to see two of my best friends fall in love.

    My freshman year at Presbyterian College, Jay Wilson and Marianne Shaddrix met each other. Jay was a fraternity brother of mine and we went through the trials and tribulations of pledgeship together.

    Jay and Marianne started dating each other and there was always something about them. It seemed like such a perfect match. I can’t imagine two better people and I’m glad they found each other.

  • Ghost, Gourmets and Rain, let's do it again

    Unaware that the ghost of Mrs. Hogan was jumping angrily around them, ghost shotgun in hand, screaming “boo” and “get off my porch,” 29 guests dined oblivious to the rain under the protection of the double porch at the back of the historic Hogan House.

    The guests were momentarily oblivious to the beautiful surroundings while they consumed, with passion, the finest salmon that mankind could offer or Larry Spear’s ¾ inch smoked Bruce’s pork chops.